UK government given eight months to devise new air quality plan

The UK High Court has ordered the government to replace its illegal air quality plan with a more ambitious scheme within eight months

The UK High Court has ordered the government to replace its illegal air quality plan with a more ambitious scheme within eight months.

Mr Justice Garnham ruled on Monday that a revised plan must be published in draft by 24 April and finalised by 31 July. The government’s environment department DEFRA had sought to have until September 2017 to do so, a timeframe the judge considered “far too leisurely”.

The technical data behind the new plan will also have to be opened for public scrutiny.

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